Last Friday, Gwyneth Paltrow, better known as G Pizzle in some circles (not really. Please, no one call her that, ever), was in Paris for the Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne Tour. She was so hyped that she tweeted out a photo of herself on stage with the duo:
with this seemingly innocent caption:
— Gwyneth Paltrow (@GwynethPaltrow) June 1, 2012
Though neither rapper has a problem with using the N-word as evidenced by the music video for the song:
Gwyneth took it upon herself to censor it.
So let’s break this down. First, it’s the title of the song. Second, she was cognizant enough to know that the full on double G-unit uncensored version of the word might piss some people off so she replaced them with our good friend the double **. Third, Gwyneth was clearly excited to be on stage with Jay-Z and Kanye in Paris while they sang a song about them being in Paris, FOR REALZIES! Seems like it passes the “it’s okay for the skinny white girl to use the N-Word” test to me, far more so than V-Nasty.
But we live in an era of react first, think never so there was some butthurt around the net about her tweet.
Fuck that noise.
Look, I loudly proclaim that racism is still an issue we face with in our modern, enlightened world. I talk about it often. This? This is not racism. It doesn’t even weigh in on the racism scale. Take the fame out of the picture and see this for what it really is. This is fangirling. If Gwyneth wasn’t a movie star, no one would give two shits. We’d be all like, “Hey, look, a skinny white girl on stage tweeting about two rappers in Paris rapping about being in Paris. For reals!”
Because she’s a classy lady, Gwyneth later clarified her tweet with a followup:
— Gwyneth Paltrow (@GwynethPaltrow) June 3, 2012
Shit. You don’t need to explain, girl. You did nothing wrong. Now go on with your bad self and Goop it up.